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Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful

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"A wonderful book . . . wonderfully researched, eminently readable"Uncut

This is a revised, expanded, and updated edition of one of the most acclaimed music books of recent years: the best-selling account of the Small Faces and Humble Pie mainman, Steve Marriott.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Helter Skelter Publishing (first published 2004)
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Andy
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small Faces, Humble Pie, UK Psych, UK Mod
Shelves: rock-sleaze
He had a face like the Artful Dodger, dressed like the coolest psych-Mod ever, wrote songs that rivaled Ray Davies and Pete Townsend at their peak, and sang like a fiery soul singer. Steve Marriott had it all and threw it all away almost as quickly.
This book would make a fine companion piece to "Moon" the Keith Moon biography. Both books painfully show innocence lost to excess and decadence. It's an old story with different players but few showed less respect for their talent than Steve Marriot
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Richard
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written account of one of rock's great genuises! A musician,songwriter & singer who excelled at all 3. A warts and all biography that is very readable. It tarnished my view of Steve but I still can't help liking the man and his music.
Julie
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Small Faces were one of the most successful groups of the sixties, and their influence is still felt today with such people as Paul Weller, The Gallagher Brothers to name but a few. This book is about the singer of the group Steve Marriott. He played the Artful Dodger in Lionel Bart’s Oliver on stage for about 2 years. He had attended the Italian Conte drama school. One day he announced to his family he was no longer interested in acting he was going g to be a pop star .... And he was. Along ...more
John
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-18-2016
I have never heard much Small Faces music, but am, coincidentally, reading Ian McLagan's autobiography. I started it before I started this, and won't finish for some time.
Marriott seemed like a real lunatic. I'm glad I never met him, he sounds like a loaded cannon. It's interesting to see how popular they were in England, funny how they never made it to the U.S. in original form. I was never a fan of Humble Pie, but it sounds like Marriott had a great voice. I was surprised to see how he died.
Harry Burnside
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad story. How a very talented man was robbed and robbed himself of what he richly deserved.
Showing the pressures of being in the music business and to initially feel that pressure to come up with the goods the hit songs, the hit albums. He had it all, lost it all and threw a lot of it away.
Thankfully we have his records to continually remind ourselves of the great legacy he left.
Pete daPixie
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poptastic, biogs
Love the Small Faces. From child star in the West End stage production of Lionel Bart's 'Oliver', Steve the dodger returned in triunph, via Itchycoo Park, to packed houses with his swinging sixties band. Another hell raiser, rocker, who met a tragic premature end.
jamie
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
do you even know how much i love the small faces? SO MUCH. this book is great. and sad.
Ronwetsel
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story about steve Marriott,the small faces, humble pie, A good read if your into the man and the bands
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